2019 Recipients

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:

​Signe Bruskin

​Signe Bruskin

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Signe Bruskin is a doctoral student at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. Her research project is an ethnographic study of organizational changes in the financial industry, which has changed dramatically over the last decade due to digitalization, changes in customer demand, regulation, etc. The research is conducted in close collaboration with a Nordic bank, where she studies the stories of employees and leaders to investigate how organizational members make sense of organizational changes when changes have become part of everyday activities of the organization.

Sandra Dennis

Sandra Dennis

British Columbia Provincial Government, Canada

Sandra Dennis has a degree in physical therapy and works as a consultant for the British Columbia provincial government. She has worked with Canadian sports teams at World Championships, Commonwealth, Pan-American, and Paralympic Games. Sandra has a Master of Arts in Global Leadership. Her capstone project looked at leadership curriculum development for the Ecuadorian military where she worked with Special Forces, Intelligence, and Peacekeeping units. Her follow up research has looked at collaborative cultural leadership. Sandra has been fortunate to have had opportunities to present her research in eleven countries on five continents in the 18 months since graduation. She and her physician husband have also been involved in humanitarian work in Africa and the South Pacific country of Vanuatu.

​Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly

​Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly

The University of Alabama in Huntsville and University of Southern Mississippi, United States

Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly is a lecturer in the Communication Arts Department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and doctoral candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Piyawan is an immediate past co-chair of the National Communication Association Training and Development Division (NCA T&D). She won the 2016 NCA T&D Rising Star Award and recently received the Don George Teaching Excellence and Research Excellence awards from the USM’s Communication Studies Department. Her research interests include conflict management, identity management, intercultural communication, training and development, and humor.

Christian Gadolin

Christian Gadolin

University of Skövde, Sweden

Christian Gadolin is senior lecturer in Business Administration at the School of Business, University of Skövde. Gadolin attained his doctorate in 2017 from the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. In his dissertation Gadolin studies the micro-foundations of institutional logics and institutional work while focusing on its effects on the actor-level of analysis in Quality improvement work in healthcare organizations. His current research mainly concerns leadership, professional work, institutional theory, and healthcare, and his work has appeared in journals such as Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management and International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance. The latter awarded his work at the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence.

Louise Ian Aquino

Louise Ian Aquino

Metro-Dagupan Colleges and College of Accountancy, Business Management, Tourism and Computer Science, Philippines

Louise Ian Aquino is currently the Program Coordinator of the College of Accountancy, Business Management, Tourism and Computer Science and concurrently the College Librarian for Metro-Dagupan Colleges located in a small community North of Manila in the Philippines. She is both a licensed librarian and a licensed teacher in her country. She does volunteer work for Cuts Against Cancer Organization and for the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in the Philippines. She has done numerous paper presentations in library and information sciences locally.

Polly Pascoe

Polly Pascoe

University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Polly Pascoe is a PhD Candidate at the University of Bradford studying evidence-based management enablers in healthcare. Attaining her MSc in Leadership, Management and Change in Health and Social Care in 2015, she currently delivers postgraduate management lectures on a sessional basis at Anglia Ruskin University London. Polly has presented at national and international conferences including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care and the British Academy of Management Annual Conference. Her work has appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Healthcare Management, Management in Healthcare, and the British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and she is a contributor to the London School of Economics Business Review. Her first degree in Criminology, Polly currently works as a Senior Research and Evaluation Officer at the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, leading the perpetration research program. Her research interests include evidence-based management, NHS management policy, knowledge management, and the role of managers in developing and promoting organisational cultures.

Syeda Asia

Syeda Asia

Delhi School of Economics, India

Syeda Asia is currently a PhD scholar at Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. Her work is attempting to reimagine organisational strategy in consortia through a sociology of emotions. She has worked as a Gandhi Fellow in rural India for two years, following which she has been consulting Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources over content curation for capacity building in school education. Asia is a founding member of LEARN, an initiative for life skills education and entrepreneurship development in India. Through this initiative, she aims to develop a comprehensive research base that effectively contributes to emerging organisational work cultures.

Shazra Saad Mian

Shazra Saad Mian

NUST Business School, Pakistan

Shazra Saad Mian is an MS Scholar perusing her HRM research at NUST Business School, Pakistan. She received her bachelor’s degree from Lahore School of Economics and her American High School Diploma from the International School of Choueifat. As a researcher, she has authored various conference papers which have been accepted at international conferences in Azerbaijan and Turkey. In 2017, she received a scholarship to present her research at the Tenth International Conference on Law, Business, Marketing and Education, held in Pattaya, Thailand. She has also worked with Schlumberger as an HR Intern. Shazra Saad Mian is a well-rounded individual who lives with dedication and passion. She loves to travel and spend her free time with friends and family.

In Their Words ...

I learned so much valuable information. Having the chance to chair some of the sessions gave me the chance to meet other individuals from all over the world opened my eyes to so many opportunities for my future."

Thi-Anna Hunter, 2014 Awardee

The exposure to many speakers of various themes and the ability to interact with scholars and practitioners who work in areas similar to mine were the highlights of being a part of this conference. "

Aneetha Kasuganti, 2015 Awardee